Honda and Acura are recalling about 1.1 million vehicles regarding Takata airbag issues. These air-bags have caused explosions and led to more than 20 fetal deaths. Car companies have recalled Takata for many years again and again. Now, North American arm of Honda again announced recalling millions of vehicles for this issue. In this recall, there are vehicles of both Honda and Acura and the years of models range from 2001 through 2016. After April, Honda will start giving the notices to the owners but the dealers were ready to do it immediately.
The list of the models of vehicles which are recalled is given below.
Honda will recall specific 2003 Acura 3.2CL, 2013-2014 ILX Hybrid, 2013-2016 ILX, 2007-2016 RDX, 2003-2006 MDX, 2004-2006, and 2009-2014 TL, 2002-2003 3.2TL, 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord, 2010-2013 ZDX, 2001-2005 Civic, 2001-2005 Civic GX NGV, 2003-2011 Element, 2003-2005 Civic Hybrid, 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 CR-V, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2007 Fit, 2003-2008 Pilot, and 2006-2014 Ridgeline vehicles.
The recall this time was for airbag inflators which were previously replaced. In its announcement, Honda said that the vehicles in the recall list were already provided with airbag parts for a replacement from Takata, but those parts are now reported to be defective. Honda said that they started using Takata PSDI-5D inflators in a prior recall in 2014, but after two years decided to stop using them. Later in March 2018, Honda got to know about a crash that took place due to rupture of driver’s airbag inflator during airbag deployment. This case was investigated and many issues came to attention, like moisture, the potential to explode, degradation of the part and spew shrapnel. It caused an injury to the arm of the driver.
An investigation of this crash revealed that the Takata airbag inflators had some manufacturing defects which led to excessive moisture in the inflator. Over time, the moisture can lead to degradation of accelerated propellant which increases the pressure of inflator on airbag deployment. Such defected inflators can shoot sharp metal fragments if there is a crash.
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